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January 2, 2013Seven weeks down in the basketball season and we still see that things could be up in the air for small school division hoops. We take a quick look and try to shed some light on all the competition from the Small School Division basketball season.
2A Contenders After Week Seven
FINAL FOUR WATCH
No. 1 Laguna-Acoma (11-1, 0-0) : The number one team in Small School Division held their own in week seven beating Big School Division team Shiprock in the championship of the NMAC. The Hawks continue to look like a serious contender in 2013.
No. 2 Pecos Panthers (7-1, 0-0): The Panthers who won a big 2A tournament a few weeks ago have a good chance to make a Final Four run behind a head coach who already has five rings on his finger in Russ Gilmore.
No. 5 Bosque Bobcats (7-3, 0-0): The Bobcats have been left out of earlier talks but after a stellar week in which the took second place at a Big School Division tournament beating a Top-25 Team in Sandia Prep the Bobcats suddenly look like contenders.
No. 3 Tularosa Wildcats (5-3, 0-0): The Wildcats though they have 3-losses on their resume still have dominate wins over top teams in Dexter, Texico and Mesilla Valley. The Wildcats could be my overall favorite.
MORE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN 2013
No. 4 Dexter Demons (7-3, 0-0): The Demons cooled a bit after a hot start but the Demons still have the team that could be at the Final Four. They have a great backcourt and play at a high speed that could run a team out of the gym.
No. 6 Texico Wolverines (6-3, 0-0): The Wolverines are loaded and have a frontrunner for the Small School Division Player of the year but they still need that win that says title contender.
Cowboy Up in 1A
No. 7 Cliff Cowboys (10-0, 0-0): Little talked about is the 1A school Cliff High School. The Cowboys currently undefeated are looking like favorites to play for the 1A title.
Others on the Radar
No. 12 Capitan Tigers (6-2, 0-0): The Tigers led by big man Jake Lamay could make for serious 1A contenders.
No. 15 Hagerman Bobcats (7-3, 0-0): Perhaps one of the favorites of the entire bunch is the well rounded and talented Bobcats.
No. 14 Magdalena Steers (6-0, 0-0): Undefeated in their first season in 1A hoops the Steers are looking to place themselves among the best.
S.S.D: Player of the Year Watch
Miguel Reyna (Texico/Junior): The Texico product continues to put up big numbers and is also seen on the list for NMPreps.com Mr. Basketball race an award given to the top player in New Mexico. Reyna could take home this award if he produces those numbers (23ppg, 9 rebs, and 5 steals) for the entire season. Also, if he gets the Wolverines to the title game.
Anthony Carpio (Laguna-Acoma/Senior):The speedy guard that is a highlight film all alone has his Hawks ranked number one in New Mexico and could see his status rise if the Hawks make the title run.
Jacob Benally (San Jon/Senior): Benally a consistent NMPreps.com Top 100 Player is having a stellar senior season in which he is putting up solid numbers. Benally averages are around 24 ppg, 9 rebounds and 7 assists per contest. M
Dylan Privett (Dora/Junior): The 6'5 big man has been an enforcer in the paint. Averaging a double-double (20 ppg/10rbs) the big man could only be getting better. He also is the only other SSD player to see his name in the Mr. Basketball race.
Andres Rivera (Bosque/Senior): The senior guard seen his stock rise quickly after a productive showing last week in the Valencia County Classic. Averaging solid numbers (17ppg, 4 aspg, 4 rebs) he could be the darkhorse to win it all.
Top-25: Best Teams in Small School Division
1. Laguna-Acoma Hawks: (11-1, 0-0)
2. Pecos Panthers: (7-1, 0-0)
3. Tularosa Wildcats : (5-3, 0-0)
4. Dexter Demons: (7-3, 0-0)
5. Bosque Bobcats: (7-3, 0-0)
Joshua J. Grine joined NMPreps.com before the 2010 basketball season as our Senior Basketball Analyst. Grine is a former coach (Valencia, Rio Rancho) and basketball player (Grants, Rio Rancho) who has been around New Mexico for several years.
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